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Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story Paperback – November 1, 2009
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"The Christ of today is not the Jesus of history. The man - along with his message - became radically altered along the way. In this readable and insightful book that spans the centuries, Brian Griffith carefully documents how Jesus' teachings became changed to suit the predilections and fads of later audiences. This book is an excellent read for anyone concerned with moving beyond popular preaching to what the Jesus of Nazareth really taught." --Barrie Wilson, Professor, Religious Studies, York University, Toronto, Author, How Jesus Became Christian.
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This is, by far, the most accessible and objective history of Christ (and his innumerable manifestations, uses & abuses over the centuries) I've read. While popular religious studies author Karen Armstrong is probably a natural comparison, I think Griffith stands out in his ability to seamlessly connect past with present, making a 2nd century meeting between early Christian bishops seem as relevant today as it was in the moment.
Griffith spends his introduction locating the impulse for his written inquiry in his background as a Sunday School-attending Protestant. And with each chapter that follows, Griffith uses a personal anecdote (conversation with a pastor, memory of reading a bit of Scripture, etc) that leads the reader into the topic at hand. Yet Griffith is neither embittered nor naive, and this adds to the admirable scope and dedication offered in his text. His bibliography alone (6+ pages of barely legible fine print) is enough to convince you that this is a man who has done his research. Griffith will cite St. Augustine, Al Gore, Paul's Letters to the Romans & Jerry Falwell in the same chapter, and show you just how interrelated they all are.
I was a Religious Studies major in university, so I was very curious to see how Griffith would handle a topic that has largely been dealt with in an academic context. As I've said above, it is an incredibly accessible read. I heard that Griffith wanted any curious reader, regardless of his/her background or familiarity with Christian and political history, to be able to pick up this book.Read more ›
I'd recommend this book to any person that honestly would like to see just how much the story has changed, and just how "correcting Jesus" has gotten us to the point today that most of the reported teachings of Jesus Christ, are actually rejected for traditions created by changing/correcting the story to fit the agenda of others, instead of Jesus Christ.
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A prolific reader of history, Griffith presents a perspective on the Jesus story that is pregnant with significant detail – much of which is probably under-appreciated by the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Allan Savage
Jesus blew it. He expected too much. A number of his teachings were simply unworkable, and the church found it necessary to rework them over time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dubious Disciple
a very clear view of the evolution of the churches revealed truth. from love you neighbor as yourself to "kill them all, god knows his own."Published on January 14, 2014 by Dennis Jennings
My wife wanted this book. When it came she wanted me to look it over, needless to say I wasn't impressed with the writer or the book.Published on August 27, 2013 by William Duvall
Superbly written. Every sentence full of information. The review of early church history, while painfull, was enlightening. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by John Kraus
The bits of humor levitated a difficult and hard hitting 'exposure' of the manipulation of history. The author cites original source material lending veracity. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Mae Beth Williams
This is a rather poorly written book which seems not to have been proofread or copy-edited. It takes an extremely broad-brush approach to the whole history of Christianity--far... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Judith Moore
Brian Griffith writes a well researched and detailed account of the "morph and spin" of the divine words of Jesus Christ over the centuries since he left the planet earth. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Martha L. Sterling
When a book like Correcting Jesus comes along, you are forced to sit up and take notice, just like when a hurricane comes through and shakes the foundation. Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by art p